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Mallard's beak turned green and has a sore?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Alas, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. Alas

    Alas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can anyone tell me whats wrong with my duck? I noticed about a week ago that his/her beak was a different color than the rest, but didnt seem to be having any problems. Thought maybe it meant that it may be a different sex than the rest. Today I go to feed them and it has this sore-looking thing in the middle.
     
  2. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

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    Ducks often scrape their beaks since they use them so often to search for food. Keeping the bill clean is difficult but important if they have a wound. He may have a bit of a divot there when it is healed though. You are right about the beak colour issue- turning green is a sign that you have a drake.
     
  3. Alas

    Alas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm glad its a drake. the other 5 are female. The sore looks more like a scab this morning. Hopeful that it is going to heal okay. These are my first ducks and they were a surprise aquisition. I dont know enough about them and it makes me nervous. The bill turning colors right before he hurt it had me freaking out that it was rotting off or something [​IMG] Thanks for getting back to me. He lets me catch him sometimes, so I'm going to see what I can do to help him keep it clean.
     
  4. grandbayou

    grandbayou Out Of The Brooder

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    Sore probably from rubbing on feeder.
     

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